Sunday 30 December 2018

White Jesus

Published on Apr 12, 2018 by BBC Three
YouTube: There Is No White Jesus | Famalam
Jesus answers the desperate pleas of a man in need. But the man is surprised by what he sees.

Independent - Apr 14/2018
TV preview, Famalam (BBC3): A sublime achievement of satire by Sean O'Grady
The mark of truly great satire is that it can make you laugh even if you’re not quite familiar with that which is being satirised. Such is the sublime achievement of Famalam (street slang for close friends and family, I believe), and its all-black cast.

IMDb: Famalam
A zany, new comedy sketch show featuring an array of oddball characters and off-the-wall situations ranging from a misunderstood superhero to Croydon's leading witch-doctor.

Was Jesus white?
Considering Jesus was born in the Middle East, there's an absurdity to even asking the question. However, considering all that's recently happened politically, how many people continue to ask such a question? Nationalism, being for your country, is supposed a good thing if you ignore that the entire expression is "White Nationalism" which, believe me, isn't a good thing. After all, we did fight a world war over it.

But the question persists. Well, it seems to persist for the illiterate, the uneducated, and, well, the prejudiced. Back in 2013, then Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was soundly laughed at when she claimed that Jesus and Santa were white. (Daily Mail - Dec 14/2013) She later said she was joking, but I'm afraid that explanation didn't cut it. Ms. Kelly is a true member of the Fox community.

Wikipedia: Race and appearance of Jesus
The race and appearance of Jesus has been a topic of discussion since the days of early Christianity. There are no firsthand accounts of Jesus' physical appearance, although some authors have suggested that physical descriptions may have been removed from the Bible at some point to emphasize his universality. Most scholars consequently assume that Jesus was similar in appearance to the present inhabitants of the Middle East, due to the Bible (and other historical accounts) unequivocally referring to him as a Galilean Jew.

Various theories about the race of Jesus have been proposed and debated. By the Middle Ages, a number of documents, generally of unknown or questionable origin, had been composed and were circulating with details of the appearance of Jesus. Now these documents are mostly considered forgeries. By the 19th century, theories that Jesus was non-Semitic were being developed, with writers suggesting he was variously white, black, Indian, or some other race. However, as in other cases of the assignment of race to Biblical individuals, these claims have been mostly pseudoscientific, based on cultural stereotypes, ethnocentrism, and societal trends rather than on scientific analysis or historical method.

Many people have a mental image of Jesus drawn from artistic depictions. A wide range of depictions have appeared over the two millennia since Jesus's death, often influenced by cultural settings, political circumstances and theological contexts. The depiction of Jesus in art of the first Christian centuries gradually standardized his appearance with a short beard. These images are often based on second- or third-hand interpretations of spurious sources, and are generally not historically accurate.

Final Word
I ran across this meme on Twitter. I can't help thinking it accurately sums up just how religious self-professed religious people are.


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